4 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Vietnam

Updated on January 3, 2020
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Of all the places I've traveled, Vietnam is one of the most amazing. From cheap food to friendly locals, it's a must-see destination.

A delicious, fancy tea at an upscale coffee shop cost  $2.21. Yum!
A delicious, fancy tea at an upscale coffee shop cost $2.21. Yum!

1. Vietnam Is CHEAP

I can't overstate this enough: Food, amenities, lodging, services and the general cost of living in Vietnam is so low it will blow your mind.

I'm presently writing this article in a coffee shop in a suburb of Ho Chi Minh, with a cup of Vietnamese iced coffee on my table that cost $0.86. A bowl of Pho, a signature Vietnamese dish consisting of noodles, delicious broth, herbs and meat, will run you about $1.50. If you really want to splurge, I've seen a few pricier places with $2 bowls. Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich, will run you about $0.75, while an upscale, full-service Korean BBQ meal with all-you-can-eat meat, sauces and vegetables cost me $13.

Vietnamese Pho is some of the healthiest and most delicious food you will ever taste! At $1.25, this was a steal.
Vietnamese Pho is some of the healthiest and most delicious food you will ever taste! At $1.25, this was a steal.

But the affordable prices don't stop at the food. Taking a Grab (the Asian Uber equivalent) will cost you just a few dollars depending on how far you need to go. A 30-minute trip from where I stayed into the city cost just $5.

Care to travel by plane to the nearest city? Domestic flights consistently run from $40–$60. A full-body, 75-minute, professional massage with hot stones cost me $20.

If you're a traveler on a budget, Vietnam stretches your dollar unbelievably far.

Sail along Ha Long Bay for incredible views!
Sail along Ha Long Bay for incredible views!

2. Vietnam's Natural Beauty Is Legendary

Nestled just below China and running along the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Vietnam is rife with picturesque views to take in, caves to explore and beaches to Instagram.

Travel North to visit Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site of unparalleled natural beauty. I highly recommend booking a ship to sail through the rocks and take in the beautiful scenery up close!

Mui Ne is a must-visit for any beach lover.
Mui Ne is a must-visit for any beach lover.

In southern Vietnam, don't miss Mui Ne, a lovely beach winding along palm trees and resorts. Perfect for windsurfing and sailing, this is the perfect stop for any active traveler wanting to get a taste of the sea.

Don't miss out on all the wonderful landscapes and locales to visit!

There is something for everyone in Vietnam.
There is something for everyone in Vietnam.

3. The People Are Lively and Friendly

While certainly poor and with a long history of conflict, Vietnam seems far happier than it has any right to be. In spite of its relative poverty and stark income inequality, the people of Vietnam have an extremely optimistic, cheerful attitude. Their country has made great progress in its development in the past decade, and it shows.

Walking along the city streets or taking a motorbike along the road, the people are always bustling about their business, hustling to sell their wares at the market or zipping along to deliver their goods. The country has a feeling of pure, unadulterated chaos, but in a good way. There is always so much happening and so much to see and do! If you are visiting from the West, prepare for a shift of perspective.

Two generations can make for a total cultural shift.
Two generations can make for a total cultural shift.

4. Vietnam Is Safe, But Feels Adventurous

If you are American, the country Vietnam is likely synonymous with the rather controversial Vietnam War of the 1960s and 70s. I'm happy to say that I encountered no animosity or resentment towards Americans during my time there.

In fact, Vietnamese have a more positive view of America than the average American does. And the fact that Vietnam is more pro-America than Israel just blows my mind. This is due, in no small part, to America's continued support in their struggle against Chinese hegemony in the East Sea.

I came across this coffee shop and cafe in Can Tho city.
I came across this coffee shop and cafe in Can Tho city.

You will see so many strange and interesting things during your time in this Southeastern Asian country. Perhaps one of my favorite spots was a cafe full of fish that swam around your table in an open pool. Feeding them was more fun than feeding myself!

Ho Chi Minh was North Vietnam's leader during the war with America and he is the resident cult of personality.
Ho Chi Minh was North Vietnam's leader during the war with America and he is the resident cult of personality.

Every moment felt like an adventure because it was filled with new and interesting things that you just won't come across in the West. Even Vietnam's Communist relics—and yes, Vietnam is, at least nominally, a Communist country—were fascinating to see. History books may teach you the facts and show you the pictures, but nothing really compares to seeing it for yourself.

Safe, affordable, beautiful and exciting, Vietnam was an amazing trip for me and I will never forget my experiences there. I hope that you decide to visit, too, and have a similarly wonderful experience!

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        MG Singh 

        6 weeks ago from Singapore

        Wonderful article. I have always wanted to go to Vietnam and hope I will make it this year.

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        Liza 

        6 weeks ago from USA

        I have yet been to Vietnam. I have heard great things about visiting Vietnam from my friends. They went to Ho Chin Minh for a few days. They said shopping is one of the best things to do over there. Well, I'm not surprised now. Thanks for sharing your review.

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        Liz Westwood 

        7 weeks ago from UK

        This is a well-presented and interesting article. I have heard from others that Vietnam is a very reasonably priced place to visit and that it has a lot to offer.

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